Science fiction often centers on robots. While they can be used for good or ill, robots also raise some intriguing questions about how humans and robots interact.
Metropolis, the classic Fritz Lang sci-fi flick, is an outstanding example. Its Maschinenmensch character (literally’machine-human’ in German) prefigures the modern movie robot.
South African director Neill Blomkamp (District 9 and Elysium) has created an intense sci-fi film that examines humanity’s shortcomings with unflinching grimness. However, as Chappie progresses, you’re left feeling that Blomkamp’s ambitions outstretched his ability to communicate meaningful ideas effectively.
Chappie’s story has impressive visual effects and an impressive cast, but it’s far too complex for simple enjoyment. There are gang wars, guns are used and shot, men get beat into submission with one limb cut off, then kidnapped by three violent criminals who teach Chappie how to carjack.
Deon Wilson (Dev Patel) has been working on a program at Tetravaal that will create sentient robots; but CEO Michelle Bradley wouldn’t smile if someone’s life depended on it. Before Chappie’s birth, this program was only in Deon Wilson’s head; but when hardcore criminals take possession of his droid and force him to use its software in creating the first conscious robot, everything changes.
Once the droid is activated, it reacts with childlike fear and Deon must train it to speak and act like a human. This process is both difficult for the robot and humans; it moves at an incredibly slow pace so that the robot can fully comprehend what is going on around it.
As the film progresses, both Yolandi (Yolandi Visser) and Deon (Dev Patel) upload their consciousnesses onto Chappie’s droid body. While not quite universal technology, Chappie does embrace transhumanism with optimism, believing that it will ultimately lead to immortality.
Chappie strives to become a model citizen, which is no easy feat when faced with gang wars and an abusive father. He starts seeing the world as harsh and dangerous, yet he does his best to make his mark as part of a new generation of droids.
Unfortunately, Blomkamp lacks the talent to tell this story with more nuance or originality; thus it feels too similar to its inspiration, RoboCop. Nonetheless, this film is worth watching and contains many memorable moments.
Robots play an essential role in many movies. They can be used as weapons against enemies or protect the hero during dangerous encounters, with some even being controlled by humans.
The Sentinels are a group of robots featured in the X-Men comic books. Typically, they are depicted as an enemy to the X-Men.
They are used by various organizations throughout the Marvel Universe and were created by Dr. Bolivar Trask with one purpose in mind: to hunt mutants. Their powers can be mimicked to match those of their target, giving them an advantage in battle.
During Operation: Zero Tolerance, Bastion reprogrammed several disabled humans into Sentinels. These cyborg hybrids would transform into armored and heavily-armed robots when activated by a mutant’s presence.
As they battled against the X-Men, the Sentinels were able to adapt and become unbeatable. Their speed allowed them to run over walls with ease and kill Storm before she even knew what was happening.
However, they were still vulnerable to fire from their own weapons. This can be seen when a Sentinel survives an attack from Colossus in his transformed form and another time they manage to withstand Sunspot’s fiery attacks.
In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sentinels are used as weapons against Wolverine and Apocalypse. These soldiers are more powerful and well-armed than their comic book counterparts.
Trask Industries manufactures these robots in New York City’s factory. These bots were originally created to combat mutants and were inspired by Bolivar Trask who designed them in 1973.
Though they pose no direct threats to the X-Men, they can pose a significant challenge. With their ability to be controlled and hard to kill, these mutants form an essential part of the team’s arsenal.
In The Sentinel (1973), Michael Douglas stars as a Secret Service agent sent to investigate the murder of his friend. This leads him to several grisly incidents, including an attempted suicide by nun Alison Raines. The movie boasts an impressive cast including Kim Basinger and Kiefer Sutherland but it’s quite dark overall.
WALL-E, an Earth-class compactor robot, is the sole survivor of a space station tasked with cleaning up planet Earth’s pollution. He lives alone on Earth with Hal his pet cockroach and a VHS copy of Hello Dolly which he watches repeatedly.
Wall-E is unique among robots in that he exhibits sentience and shows emotion and curiosity – qualities often lacking in human beings. He collects items from the mountains of trash that litter our planet and survives by salvaging parts from other robots that have passed away.
Wall-E loves reading a book and watching video cassettes of Hello Dolly in his free moments. He is an adoring friend with an admirable work ethic.
However, his life is suddenly turned upside down when EVE, a sleek probe robot named, arrives on the station to search for signs of life on another planet. She quickly falls in love with him but must overcome many challenges to make their mission successful.
One of the most inspiring aspects of WALL-E is how well it depicts humanity and robots working together as equals, even though they have been mechanized. Furthermore, it is evident that WALL-E loves and cares for EVE just as much as she loves him.
WALL-E is truly a hero when he puts his partner first and goes to great lengths to protect her. This kind of loyalty makes him an unbeatable hero.
He makes an ideal leader for the robots tasked with rebuilding Earth, as they are all dedicated to doing what’s best for their new home.
Another crucial element in this movie is that it educates children on sustainability. It demonstrates how they can become part of the solution instead of part of the problem and instructs them on how to recycle their waste products.
The movie also proves that technology can be harnessed for good, as it shows how a small robot helps clean up the planet. This message will resonate with both children and adults alike.
I still remember this movie long after I saw it, and I consider it to be one of Pixar’s finest works. The animation is stunning, sound design outstanding, and story incredibly touching – I hope you watch it and love it as much as I did!
Terminators are robots featured in movies. Designed to look like human beings, they may also be programmed as enemies to the human resistance, creating an alluring aura around themselves.
The Terminator, the first film in the series, follows a Terminator sent from the future to eliminate Sarah Connor – an influential young woman whose life will shape humanity’s course for decades to come. She bears witness to a future battle against robotics while being protected by Kyle Reese – a former soldier now sent from the future as part of their resistance effort.
A Terminator’s endoskeleton is powered by hydraulic servomechanisms, making it incredibly strong and resistant to damage. This makes them impervious to being dismembered, shot with bullets or attacked with explosive devices; wounds close almost instantly and any detached parts simply flow back into their body.
They possess the capacity to mimic other humans and may even pass for one in some instances, such as the liquid-metal T-1000 from Terminator 3. Their skin and other organs are made from mimetic polyalloy, a synthetic material designed specifically to reproduce any person or object.
This technology has captured the fascination of audiences, as well as becoming a topic for academic discussions. Some have even suggested that these machines represent what is known as the technological sublime – an experience in which awe turns into fear at unfathomable abilities.
In the first film, a Terminator is described as being “a chrome skeleton.” This description served to conjure up an image of him as being like Death; in later movies however, coltan is used for heat resistance purposes.
It has also been said to change colors and textures, giving it a flesh-colored hue. Furthermore, it has the capacity to liquefy and take different forms such as fitting through narrow openings or extruding small objects from its skin.